Dam is cause for concern, not panic

Help being offered for life-limiting illnessess

To the Editor: No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a […]

Board to meet

The Kentucky River District Board of Health will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 27. The meeting will take place at Ponderosa in Hazard.

Police report

Monday, Nov. 12 • At 8:58 a.m., a McRoberts woman tells a Letcher County Sheriff ’s dispatcher that another woman is making death threats against the caller and her sister through a third party. • At 12:16 p.m., a caller tells a dispatcher that lots of traffic can be seen going to a Dunham home where bath salts are being […]

Diabetes rates up

The nation’s diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report. The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled, and Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama also saw dramatic increases since 1995, the study showed. The South’s growing weight problem is the main explanation, said Linda Geiss, lead author of […]

Senior centers may see reductions here in fight over budget

If Congress can’t reach a budget deal in time to stop steep spending cuts, some Letcher County senior citizens centers could be closed or consolidated with other centers. Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) Director Mike Miller told the Letcher Fiscal Court on Monday that if Congress fails to avert going over the “fiscal cliff,” KRADD stands to lose as […]

I do not believe in UFOs

During my 27-year Air Force career, I have flown over both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans many times in many types of aircraft. I have seen objects that I cannot explain in the early morning sunrises, and when the sun sets at night. I’m smart enough to know that your eyes can play tricks on you. In my printing career […]

Cornetts celebrate golden anniversary


Let me start out by saying: no, I haven’t changed my name to Delana Fields, as suggested last week in my column. I didn’t even notice the mistake that was made until I took a lot of kidding about it from Dick Adams and others at Elwood and Kathy Cornett’s 50th anniversary party. I am forgetful, but I don’t think […]

Oops …

A report in last week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle about a poll showing the change in attitudes toward conservation and environmental rules in Letcher and Harlan counties should have included the following information about the authors: Mary Chellis Austin is a senior journalism major at the University of Kentucky. Al Cross is her professor in Community Journalism and the […]

More children get kidney stones

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My very healthy, active, 6-year-old grandson was just diagnosed as having kidney stones. His pediatrician said it is mostly genetic, but no one else in the family has had kidney stones. A friend told us she heard that stones could be caused by drinking Gatorade. My grandson has drunk a lot of Gatorade. He does not eat […]